Real estate mogul, reality television star and bestselling author Donald Trump has decided to add presidential candidate to his resumé. Born June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York, Trump is the founder and chairman of a slew of foundations and organizations in his name, and estimates his own net worth around $10 billion -- although Forbes claims it's closer to $4.5 billion. The former host of "The Apprentice" announced he would seek the Republican nomination for president in June 2015, despite having been a registered Democrat in 2001. Trump quickly soared in the polls and began garnering major media attention. He has defied the expectations of many pundits who predicted that his more incendiary comments would cause voters to abandon him. So far he has appealed to supporters with a combination of blunt and "politically incorrect" rhetoric, making him the candidate that many previously disengaged voters have latched onto. If elected, he would be 70 years old on the day he's inaugurated.
I've watched the politicians. I've dealt with them all my life. If you can't make a good deal with a politician, then there's something wrong with you. You're certainly not very good. And that's what we have representing us. They will never make America great again. They don't even have a chance.
About the Candidate:
Birth June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York.
Age on Inauguration Day 70 years old
Education Fordham University, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Family Married Ivana Zelnickova in 1977, a model from the Czech Republic. They have three children together. They divorced and he then married actress Marla Maples in 1993. They had a daughter together, and then divorced in 1999. He married Slovenia-born Melania Trump in 2005. She gave birth to his fifth child in 2006.
Net worth $10 billion
Political career While rumors of a Trump run for the White House date back to 1988, his 2016 bid is his first official entrance into the political realm.
Top 5 donor industries Retired, Misc Finance, Real Estate, Health Professionals, Misc Business
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Has expressed pro-choice views in the past, but since announcing his campaign for the White House has consistently described himself as pro-life and says he opposes abortion, would ban late abortions, and only leave exceptions for rape and incest.
Also says he supports Planned Parenthood's work outside of abortions because they provide important health care for many women.Read More ›
Trump has acknowledged the problems addressed by the Black Lives Matter movement, but insists his primary concern is protecting police and giving power back to police. Countered Black Lives Matter activists at one rally by saying, "all lives matter" in response.
During his RNC acceptance speech Trump declared himself the “law and order” candidate. “When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order to our country."Read More ›
Has complained that super-PACs have had a "horrible" impact on American politics and regularly brags about how he is self-funding his own campaign. Insists that candidates become "physiologically" indebted to their big donors and can't help but do favors for them.
Does not believe in the concept of man-made climate change, and once joked that "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."Read More ›
Strongly supports the death penalty and has suggested that anyone who kills a police officer should face that punishment.Read More ›
Has criticized states who have legalized marijuana, saying they have big problems, but says he finds medical marijuana acceptable. Decades ago he claimed that legalizing drugs was the only way to win the war on drugs.
Doesn’t think the minimum wage should be raised because if the U.S. can’t provide cheap labor we won’t be able to compete with other countries.
"I will bring jobs back from China, I will bring jobs back from Japan. I will bring jobs back from Mexico.”
Has stated common core is “a disaster,” wants to cut the Department of Education down. Doesn’t believe that the government should be making money on student loans.
“I'm a tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level. We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child's education."
Has spoken out in favor of oil drilling and fracking for natural gas prior to his campaign launch. Said in a 2012 interview, "Frankly, we don't need Canada. We should just be able to drill our own oil. As long as it's there we certainly should have approved it. It was jobs and cheaper oil. It's just absolutely incredible. I guess President Obama took care of the environmentalists, but it is absolutely terrible. And it is not an environmental problem at all in any way, shape, or form."Read More ›
Trump said as president, “there's nothing I would rather do than bring peace to Israel and its neighbors, generally. I think it serves no purpose to say you have a good guy and a bad guy.”
Has stated we must deal with the "maniac" in North Korea with nukes.
Supports undoing Obama's recent executive actions on guns and says he would undo them. Describes himself as a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and says that more needs to be done help the mentally ill to curb gun violence.
"I don't like anything having to do with changing our Second Amendment. We have plenty of rules and regulations. It's plenty of things they can do right now that are already there. They don't do them."Read More ›
Has said that he would repeal and replace Obamacare with "something great," but supports keeping the individual mandate. Also says that under his plan people would not die in the streets.
Wants to build a wall along the Southern border and have Mexico pay for it, doesn’t support citizenship path for undocumented. “These are people that shouldn't be in our country,” Trump has said. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
In December 2015, Trump proposed a national ban on all Muslims entering the United States. "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on," a campaign press release said.
The GOP candidate altered his original Muslim ban during his RNC speech, saying that "any nation that has been compromised by terrorism," should be barred from entering the United States.
Has stated recently that gay marriage "should have been a states’ rights issue.” And has expressed support of overturning the decision if elected.
Has not spoken often about the issue since launching his campaign or explained what policies if any he would enact, but has said he opposes cuts to Social Security or raising the retirement in the age and that he would negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to cut Medicare costs.Read More ›
Wants a one-time 14 percent tax on the wealthy to pay for national debt.
“When you have a hedge fund guy who's making $200 million a year and ... he's paying a very low rate of taxes, it's not fair and I think it says a lot.”